SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentFreshman Class A, Department of English
Course NameApproaches to Literature
InstructorHSU LI-HSIN
Credit3.0
Course TypeRequired
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Week 1:    Introduction: Why study literature? 



Why study literature?



Charles Dickens’ Hard Times (1854)



Elizabeth Bishop’s “Geography”



John Keats’ “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”



Emily Dickinson’s “The Way I read a Letter's—this—”



Housekeeping & Assigning presentations 



 



Fiction



Week 2: Plot (Fiction)



William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” 



Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, The Scrivener” 



 



Week 3: Narration & Point of View (Fiction)



James Joyce’s “Araby”



Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants"



 



Week 4: Symbol & Theme (Fiction)



Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow-Wall Paper" (p.307)



Joseph Conrad's "An Outpost of Progress" (1897)



 



Week 5: Setting (Fiction)



Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady with the Dog”



 



Week 6: Character (Fiction)

Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif” (p.131) 

Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (p.404) 



 



Week 7: Research break (Writing about literture)



Sample Writing: Steven Matview’s “The Importance of Good Setting: How Setting Reflects Emotions in Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady with the Dog” 



 



 



Poetry



Week 8: Sonnets, Shakespeare & Soliloquy



Billy Collin's "Sonnet"



John Donne’s “Batter my heart, three-personed God”



Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How Do I Love Thee" 



Shakespeare's Sonnets:



"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"



"My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"



Drama:



"Hamlet" soliloquy (1147-48) 



"HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK" from Tales From Shakespeare, by Charles and Mary Lambs (1807)



 



Week 9: Mid-term Study Break/Essay due 



 



Week 10: Imagery & Symbols (Poetry)



Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop for Death--” and "Wild Nights--Wild Nights"



Linda Pastan’s “Marks” 



William Blake's "Sick Rose"



Dorothy Parker's "One Perfect Rose"



Robert Burns' "A Red Red Rose"



 



Week 11: Voices & Setting (Poetry)



Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach”



Li-Young Lee’s “Persimmons” 



William Wordsworth’s “I wandered lonely as a cloud” 



Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"





Week 12: Sound & Stanza (Poetry)



Helen Chasin’s “The Word Plum” 



Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “Spring and Fall” 



Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” 



E. E. Cummings’ “l(a”



 



Week 13: Theme & Tone (Poetry)



Emily Dickinson’s “My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun--” (p.673)



Countee Cullen’s “Yet Do I Marvel” (p.670)



Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy” (p.702)



Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” (p.710)



William Carlos Williams’ “This Is Just to Say” (p.558)



 



Drama 



Week 14: Elements of Drama (I)



Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles” 



 



Week 15: Theme (Drama)



Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun (p.918)”



 



Week 16: Critical approaches I



Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”



 



Week 17: Research Break (Critical approaches II)



Stephanie Ortega's "A Journey of Sisterhood"



  



Week 18: Final Exam week/Final essay due



 



 


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

N/A


Requirement/Grading

Class participation:15% 



Group Presentation: 15%

Online Assignments:10% 

Term Papers (Mid-term & Final): 60% 


Textbook & Reference

Booth, Alison and Kelly Mays, eds. Norton Introduction to Literature. Portable 13th Edition. Norton, 2020.



 


Urls about Course
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